May is a great month for eSports betting odds with a lot of big money tournaments happening and teams trying to finalize their rosters for even bigger tournaments and marquee summer events.
Here are the two main events happening across Counterstrike and Dota 2 this month, with a selection of intriguing eSports bets to be made:
CS: GO ESL Pro League Season 7: Finals (May 15-20)
Group Stage (May 14-16, 2018)
Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups
Each group will have eight teams with the group stage seeded based on Online League Placements. The initial matches are Best-of-One. All following matches are Best-of-Three with the top three teams from each group advance to the playoffs:
Group stage winners advance to the semifinals via a bye
Group stage runners-up advance to the quarterfinals as the high seeds
Group stage third-place teams advance to the quarterfinals as the low seeds
Playoffs (May 18-20, 2018)
Single-elimination bracket. The quarterfinals and semifinals are Bestof-Three. The Grand Final is Best-of-Five
$750,000 USD are spread among the teams
Team to play more maps: SK vs. Na'Vi
Na'Vi has been consistent throughout the past couple of months and SK has been going through numerous changes within the team roster and in-game leader position. There have been some disappointing results for SK with early exits from IEM Sydney and DreamHack Marseille 2018 after being the No. 1-ranked team in the world for most of the past two years. Na'Vi should find success again and continue to advance in the tourney where SK could be primed for another early exit.
Pick: Na'Vi (-120)
Team to win more pistol rounds: NiP vs. OpTic Gaming
NiP has been playing well and will have more opportunities to play pistol rounds. OpTic has a new all-Danish lineup, which will likely take some time to get adjusted. NiP features dennis and f0rest, two of the world's best players using a pistol.
Pick: NiP (-138)
Highest HLTV rating: 2.0. NiKo vs. coldzera
Coldzera just switched to the in-game leader role which will show a digression in his kills and stats as historically in-game leading tends to hurt a player's productivity. His team has been struggling to adjust to their new lineup, whereas NiKo and his team, FaZe Clan, are coming off a major tournament victory at IEM Sydney. NiKo is widely considered one of the world's most well-rounded players and he’ll finish with a high rating.
Pick: NiKo (-163)
ESL Pro League Finals region of winner
The odds are terrible, that's for sure, but this looks as close to a "lock" as possible as the top teams represent Europe. Teams like mousesports, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Natus Vincere, FaZe Clan and Astralis should all excel in the earlier rounds and make it deep into the tournament. FaZe Clan and Astralis are the Top 2 teams in the world and look leagues above the rest of the competition.
Pick: Europe (-350)
DOTA 2: ESL One Birmingham (May 23-27)
Played on May 23 and 24. Three GSL groups of four teams each.
Bottom two teams from each group are eliminated, runner-up advances to the quarterfinals
The three first-place teams play additional Best-of-One matches against each other to determine which two teams advance to the semifinals and which team joins the three second-place squads in the quarterfinals
The playoffs will be held between May 25 and the 27 in front of a live audience in the Arena Birmingham.
Single Elimination. All games will be Best-fo-Three. Best-of-Five Grand Finals
The prize pool for the tournament is $1,000,000 USD and 1,500 DPC Points
Team to reach the final
If team Virtus Pro wins this they will become the first team to be Grandslam Major Champions winning fall, winter and spring majors. They enter this tournament favorites for good reason. They’ve won the last three tournaments dating back to the end of 2017. The world's No. 2 team certainly has some extra motivation and will take home the whole thing.
Pick: Virtus Pro (-110)
Region of winner
Although Chinese teams are the most represented, the world's No. 1 Chinese team is not at this tournament. Since odds have to be allotted to the other regions, there’s a fair price on picking out of Europe and CIS (who I think are most likely winners). Perhaps look into spreading money on both options, or choose Virtus Pro in CIS, who will be playing hard to lock up another major victory.
Pick: CIS (+275)
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